Synchronized Swimming

Buckeyes Open 2014 Season with Ohio State Invitational

Senior Yuliya Maryanko
Senior Yuliya Maryanko

Jan. 10, 2014


COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State synchronized swimming team will begin the 2014 season Saturday as hosts of the Ohio State Invitational in McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. The Buckeyes will welcome Ohio University, Miami University and Michigan in the first of two home events for the Scarlet and Gray this season with the technical completion starting at 11 a.m. followed by the routine event at 2 p.m.

Three-time U.S. Collegiate All-American Yuliya Maryanko will perform her solo routine. The Kharhov, Ukraine, product captured the U.S. Collegiate solo title in 2011 and 2012 and earned the U.S. Senior Individual High Point Award at the U.S. Senior National Championships with 15.5 points.

Maryanko will pair with freshman Morgan Boneberg for the duet competition. The freshman duo of Emma Baranski and Lorraine Hack are also slated to compete, as well as freshmen Alexa Aton and Jasmine Pulido. Four Buckeye trios are set to perform. Elizabeth Davidson will join Maryanko and Boneberg in the trio routine. Chelsea Aton, Katie Spada and Lauren Nicholson will form a trio, while Cory Justice, Julia Gaylard, Natalie Gaylard will also compete. Sarah House, Emily Muma and Natalie Huibregtse make up the final Buckeye trio.



The Buckeyes notched six first-place finishes in the 2013 season, including capturing their 23rd consecutive North Regional Championship in front of a home crowd. The Scarlet and Gray tallied a second place finish at the U.S. Collegiate Championships in Palo Alto, Calif., and six Buckeyes were tabbed U.S. Collegiate All-Americans in Chelsea Aton, Yuliya Maryanko, Lauren Nicholson, Paige Ramsey, Katie Spada and Khadija Zanotto. Former Buckeye Paige Ramsey was named the 2013 U.S. Collegiate Athlete of the Year at the event, becoming the first Buckeye since Becky Kim in 2009 to receive this honor.

Former Buckeye Liz Derr, who lettered in 2007-10, joins the Ohio State coaching staff as the volunteer assistant coach this season. Since graduating from Ohio State with a degree in linguistics, Derr served as the head coach of the University of Minnesota synchronized swimming club team (2010-13) and Twin Cities Synchro, an age-group team founded by Derr in 2012. At Ohio State, Derr competed on the Buckeye Gray Team and helped the squad finish in the Top 3 twice at the U.S. Collegiate National Championships.

Ohio State held its inaugural "Sync Cancer" event Nov. 3 at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. The swim-a-thon, inspired by Buckeye alumna Emily Marsh Fleming, brought current and former members of Buckeye synchronized swimming together to join the fight against cancer and support Pelotonia's Team Buckeye. The event raised more than $5000 to benefit cancer research at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center - Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute and celebrate the courage of its alumna Marsh Fleming. USA Synchro recognized the four-time All-American with her induction into the 2013 USA Synchronized Swimming Hall of Fame at the event.

The Scarlet and Gray reached their team goal of 600 hours of community service this season, totaling 616.5 hours during the autumn semester. With the "Give Back a Day" initiative, each student-athlete pledged to participate in at least 24 hours of community service individually or 600 hours as a team during the 2013-14 school year. Twelve student-athletes achieved their individual goal of "giving back a day." Freshman Alexa Aton led the squad with 36 hours, followed by senior Chelsea Aton and freshman Jasmine Pulido, who each notched 33 hours. Katie Spada, Heidi Liou, Cory Justice, Elizabeth Davidson, Lauren Nicholson, Amrian Johnson, Paige Wells, Caroline Jimenez and Lorraine Hack also completed their goal.

Freshmen Buckeyes Emma Baranski, Elizabeth Davidson and Lorraine Hack were named to the 2014 U.S. Senior National Team and are slated to compete in eight national and international meets this year. The trio will join 13 other swimmers on the squad following a selection trial in Riverside, Calif. Julie Fabre, who was France's head coach at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics, will serve as head coach for the squad.

Junior Khadija Zanotto competed in the first synchronized swimming competition in the history of the World University Games July 5-9 in Kazan, Russia, capturing the bronze medal for the U.S. team at the event. Russia claimed the gold medal, while Japan earned second place. The Los Gatos, Calif., native is a two-time U.S. Collegiate All-American and earned Academic All-Big Ten honors last season.

Ohio State will host the Jessica Beck Memorial Meet at 4 p.m. Feb. 1.

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